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The heart of Milan

The city in a nutshella

Milan has always proven to be a strong economic force in the areas of finance, business affairs as well as fashion and design. Over time, the city has rienforced it’s undisputed reign as the economic capital of Italy.
 
The city is the birthplace of famous people over the centuries: Saint Ambrose, Leonardo da Vinci, Giuseppe Parini and Alessandro Manzoni to name a few.
 
Visitors to Milan should not miss the most important historical sites:
 
  • Leonardo’s “Last Supper”. One of the most famous masterpieces in the world, painted by Leonardo da Vinci on a wall of the refectory of the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Visitors are allowed in groups of 25, every 15 minutes.
  • The Pinacoteca di Brera located in the Brera district, is among the most famous museums in Europe, with rich collections of Italian paintings from the fourteenth to the twentieth century. It is also home to the Academy of Fine Arts.
  • The Castello Sforzesco houses the museums of: Ancient Art, Art Gallery, Egyptian, Prehistoric and Protohistoric, Decorative Arts, Musical Instruments and “Achille Bertarelli” prints.
  • The Theater alla Scala
  • The Columns of San Lorenzo
  • The Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio
  • Triennale Design Museum - A collection of the history of Italian design
  • Gallery of Modern Art - Displays works from the Neoclassical and Romantic eras, to the Scapigliatura and Realism.
  • Museum of the 1900’s - It covers an area of over 86,000 square feet, of which more than 43,000 square feet is reserved for exhibitions. One section is dedicated to the International Avantgarde with paintings by Picasso, Braque, Modigliani and Kandinsky.
  • Pinacoteca Ambrosiana - It is the oldest museum in Milan opened in 1618, with a donation from Cardinal Federico Borromeo who himself received a wealth of donations.
 
Milan can be visited by walking or by public transport which offers frequent service throughout the day. Start from the picturesque neighborhood of Navigli, or from the old streets of Porta Ticinese and Porta Romana, or through the narrow streets of Brera. Take a walk along the elegant surrounding streets near Piazza del Duomo - the heart of the city and it’s famous Cathedral. There are the Columns of San Lorenzo, the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, the Basilica of San Vittore al Corpo, the Cathedral, the Castle, abbeys and museums.

Getting around the cityome

Milan is serviced by three major subway lines, a quick and convenient way to move about.
 
  • Line 1 (red)
  • Line 2 (green)
  • Line 3 (yellow)
Driving on the busy streets of Milan can become quite a task, and is recommended only for responsible, experienced drivers. Many streets are monitored with cameras and parking spaces are limited. In addition, there is a toll charge in order to access the center (Area C) on weekdays.

Places you must visit

Duomo. The Cathedral, whose construction began in 1386, is Italy’s most important example of international Gothic architecture. Unique, because it combines Nordic features and Lombard elements. The building is crowned by the spire that ends with a statue of the Virgin Mary made of glided copper, 4 meters high, built in 1774. From the terraces of the Duomo (by elevator or pedestrian scale) you can admire the city at 360 degrees, if the weather is clear you can see the Alps to Monte Rosa.

 
Castello Sforzesco. Built between the years of 1450-66 by Francesco Sforza, as a fortress and residence, it’s structure is characterized by two massive towers, the Bona of Savoy and the Rocchetta, home of the treasure room, which houses the painting Argo, by Bramante.
 
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. It’s construction began in 1864. Considered the city’s living room, it’s walkway is covered by a structure of iron and glass, in the shape of a cross with an octagon at the center.

Shopping

Milan is the city of fashion: the most exclusive boutiques are located in the area of the Quadrilateral, located between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. Other popular streets for shopping are Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Via Durini, Via Pontaccio / Brera just to name a few.

Antique markets are held on the Navigli.